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November 25, 2013 at 1:40 PM

UW’s Steve Sarkisian ‘very pleased’ with Cyler Miles’ first start

Senior Keith Price and redshirt freshman Cyler Miles both participated in Washington’s practice Monday morning, UW coach Steve Sarkisian said.

Like last week, Sarkisian said he doesn’t plan to announce a starting quarterback before UW hosts Washington State in the Apple Cup on Friday. Price injured his throwing shoulder in the first half of UW’s loss at UCLA on Nov. 15 and has not played since.

“We really don’t know, quite honestly,” Sarkisian said, when asked who would start against the Cougars. “We’ll prepare for Cyler to be the starter, and if Keith is physically able to go where we feel confident and comfortable in what he’s able to do then Keith will be able to step in.”

Price did not throw in UW’s first three practices last week to rest his shoulder. He then practiced Thursday and warmed up Saturday night in full uniform, but Sarkisian gave Miles his first start.

“(Price) was probably ready to go Saturday night,” Sarkisian said, “but I just felt better about our team with Cyler’s preparation and Cyler being the guy this past Saturday. So we’ll see how the week goes. It’s a very comforting situation to be in knowing you have two guys that can go in and win Pac-12 football games. Both of them are very capable of going out and playing well Friday.”

It’s “very clear” that Price isn’t 100 percent healthy, Sarkisian said, adding: “He threw some today, so he’s in much better shape this week than he was last week. … It’s just a matter of, as we get closer to the game, is he in a position where he can go out and perform at (a high) level?”

Miles completed 15 of 24 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown in the Huskies’ record-setting 69-27 victory over Oregon State.

“I thought he looked like a Pac-12 quarterback,” Sarkisian said. “It didn’t look new to him; he just looked comfortable. I kind of thought that against UCLA, quite honestly, outside of a couple plays late. But he prepared really well. I think he trusted his preparation. There’s a handful of plays — and he’ll be the first one to tell you — he’d love to have back. But I thought just his body language, his composure, his command of the offense, what he gave off to the rest of the team — here’s a guy out there on the field confident and believes in what he’s doing and believes in his preparation. I thought he sent a great message to the team that way.

“And then he performed well. I thought he used his legs effectively. He didn’t get any real big runs, but a couple first downs when he pulled the ball down and ran. Ultimately he had time to escape some pressure and make some plays. For a guy making his first career start on the road in that environment, in those conditions, I was very pleased.”

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